B.S. Microbiology

The purpose of the BS in Microbiology is to serve students who seek to develop a strong background in microbiology and molecular biology, with applications for biotechnology, medical, and environmental biology. Majors gain experiences that prepare them to participate in the development of research plans and their implementation, and to be competent to carry out standard microbiological and molecular biology techniques in the laboratory. The BS in Microbiology prepares students to be competitive for positions in research, graduate schools, health professional schools, and in the biotechnology industry.

Core Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must satisfy the General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits). Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and at least 20 credits of elective courses in Microbiology. (Need 36 upper division course hours.) In order to make timely progress toward the degree, it is imperative that the student work closely with a major advisor.

Required Courses in Biological Sciences:

BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab
4
BIOL 1102
1102L
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
4
BIOL 2235
2235L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 3358Genetics3
Choose either:3-6
Biochemistry
OR
Biochemistry I
AND
Biochemistry II
BIOL 4433
4433L
Microbial Physiology
and Microbial Physiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4444
4444L
Cell and Molecular Biology
and Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
4
BIOL 4494Seminar in Microbiology1
Total Credits27-30

Required Courses in Chemistry, Mathematics1, and Physics:

CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 2232
CHEM 2234
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3302
CHEM 3304
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus3-4
or MATH 1170 Calculus I
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1114
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
Total Credits32-33

Microbiology Electives (20 credits)

BIOL 4434
4434L
Microbial Diversity
and Microbial Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 4437/CHEM 4438Experimental Biochemistry1
BIOL 4451
4451L
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4454Advanced Immunology3
BIOL 4455
4455L
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
5
BIOL 4461Microbial Genetics3
BIOL 4466Medical Mycology3
BIOL 4469Special Topics in Microbiology1-4
BIOL 4473
4473L
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
and Applied Environmental Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 4475General Virology3
BIOL 4477Bacterial Virology Laboratory1
or BIOL 4478 Animal Virology Laboratory
BIOL 4498Seminar in Biochemistry1

Additional Biological Sciences courses (must take at least 8 credits)

These courses are chosen to enhance student background in a particular area of interest. Suggested courses could include (but are not limited to):

BIOL 2209General Ecology4
BIOL 2280Mentored Research Alliance2
or BIOL 4480 Mentored Research Alliance
BIOL 3301
3301L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
4
BIOL 4417Organic Evolution3
BIOL 4481Independent Problems1-4
and/or
BIOL 4482Independent Problems1-4
BIOL 1100, BIOL 1100L, BIOL 2221 and BIOL 2221L may not be used as electives for the B.S. in Microbiology.

(Courses not used to fulfill the microbiology electives could be used to satisfy this requirement.)